Traffic officers make the grade

17 May 2004

Doing UCT proud: The university's traffic wardens are: (From left, front) Harry Fisher, John Stoffels, Bruce Jansen (assistant traffic manager), Dennis Wellman and Derek Carstens. (From left, back) Ronald Mouton, Astor Petersen, Eric Ehrenreich, traffic manager Roland September, Desmond Simpson and Leon Peregrino. (Absent: Barry Williams.) Carstens and Simpson received the highest results.

Ten UCT traffic personnel, who were recently awarded traffic warden certificates, have proved that the pursuit of excellence is not just an academic enterprise.

The officers attended a month-long training course (eight hours a day, five days a week) at the Philippi Training College. They were housed at the college during the week and only returned home at the weekends.

According to UCT traffic manager Roland September, the officers are now armed with the official and relevant qualification for traffic wardens in the Western Cape.

"Our officers come from diverse backgrounds, some of whom have never been in an academic environment before. I am proud of how they rose to the challenge of embracing the theoretical and practical course material and exams. They are now skilled to handle all situations on campus," he said.

September also pointed out that UCT is the first university in South Africa to pioneer this training.

"We are hoping to roll out a similar training programme for other tertiary institutions next year as it is essential to build capacity in this regard."

Speaking at the award ceremony, vice-chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele thanked the officers for their services and praised them for their accomplishments.

"We are proud of your achievements and trust this will enhance the professional way in which you carry out your daily tasks."

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